UU St. Pete InfoNet: January 12, 2018

This Sunday's Worship Services

Sunday, January 14, 2018: "I Have a Dream too"
Time: 10:30am
Speaker: Julie Newcomb


Worship Associates: Susan Burnore, Heather Jones, Sarah Craig


What will you commit to this year to build a community of equality?


RE Corner

Religious Education; Sunday, January 14

Nursery care is provided by Laura and Marissa in Conway Hall from 10:15 to noon.


Today our K-3 group will be led by Trish and Joe in Love Surrounds Us. The Middles will continue with Love Connects Us led by Natashia and Billy, and Youth will begin exploring Building Bridges with Jeanay and Karen.


Check out art and info on the RE bulletin board across from the Nursery in Conway.

Contact: Karen Day



Announcements From Pastor Jack

UUSP WEDNESDAY RELIGIOUS STUDIES DISCUSSION GROUP at 10am or 7pm (your choice – all welcome).  Reading this Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Chapter 1, pp 15-43, in Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tibbett.  Tibbett is award-winning host of NPR’s On Being.  Her book draws on 400+ interviewees with esteemed thinkers such as poet Mary Oliver, human rights leader Desmond Tutu, biologist Ursula Goodenough, and Nobel nominee Thich Nhat Hanh.   Quotes provided.  Pastor Jack


BOOKS TO GO FREE!  In the UUSP Reading Room (just off UUSP’s Gilmour Social Hall) are a couple of hundred books on the three standing bookshelves.  We are clearing the shelves to make room for books about Unitarianism, Universalism, and UUism, and books about and by those who have inspired or been inspired by our tradition.  ­Do your part for free speech - please take any of the books you would like, for free!  (P.S.  The bookshelves at the end of Gilmour Hall will now be our single UUSP Book Exchange focal point.   Pastor Jack


UU ST. PETE COVENANT GROUPS meet monthly (or more often if the group prefers) to deepen acquaintance with and appreciation of one another and of life.  A covenant group consists of 7-12 people and is facilitated by a group leader.  The meetings include opportunity for a personal check-in, plus discussion of a more general question of life – and are a great opportunity to get to know and be known.  The gatherings are held wherever the group chooses – often at a member’s home or at the church.   Currently UUSP has seven covenant groups.  If a group grows beyond 12 people, it usually chooses to seed a new group. 

INTERESTED?  Current meeting times are:

3rd Mondays (6:30-8:00pm);

3rd Mondays (7-8:30pm);

4th Tuesdays (7-8:30pm);

2nd Thursdays (4-5:30pm);

1st Saturdays (11-1:00pm for RE parents/childcare provided);

1st Sundays (7-8:30pm);

Every Wednesday (2-3:30pm) - for snowbirds, starting in January.


The 6:30pm Monday and 7pm Tuesday groups are new start-up groups and would particularly appreciate new members.  If interested, please contact Pastor Jack (jfdonovan@bellsouth.net).


2018 UU SERVICE COMMITTEE GLOBAL JUSTICE SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN with the UU College of Social Justice!  Learn about the program and each internship opportunity at uucsj.org/internships/ - open to young adults between ages 18 and 25 who are passionate about social justice.  Spread the word.  Pastor Jack


UUs helping UUs: Need help or know a UUSPer who might?  Please notify Sue Price, UUSP Care Committee chair: sueprice63@gmail.com; 727-290-9910.

Contact: Rev. Jack Donovan



Holiday Generosity

Thank you for your donations to the November and December Share the Plates. A total of $1,050 was collected which made four families’ Christmas much brighter.

Contact: Karen Coale



Women's March Florida

In 2017 We Marched! In 2018 We Act!

When: January 21, 2018, Time: 12:30-4:30pm

Where: Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701


Gather next Sunday in Gilmour Hall at 12:30pm, and we will walk to Williams Park together. Wear your UU St Pete teeshirt.  Contact Karen Coale at migrants@uustpete.org


Contact: Karen Coale



Hamburger Mary's Bingo Benefit

On Wednesday, January 17 friends and supporters of Celebrate Outreach’s Saturday Morning Loaves and Fishes Breakfast will gather at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Pete for bingo with drag queen caller Jade Embers (motto: “This ain’t your Gramma’s bingo”).  We guarantee food, friends, double entendres, single entendres, and a lot of fun. 


The Loaves and Fishes Breakfast feeds over 150 poor and homeless residents of St. Petersburg with a full Denny’s-style breakfast every Saturday morning.  The Bingo last July raised enough money to finance the breakfast for six months, and we hope to do the same this time. 


Bingo sheets are available for a $10.00 cash donation. There will be gift bags for the winners.  The website information for the bingo is here


Please spread the word. Copy the flyer or contact Reggie for a copy of the flyer to post in virtual and/or physical reality, early and often.  The restaurant will seat people from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.  If you could come a bit early so the kitchen doesn’t get overwhelmed, that would be helpful.  Bingo starts at 7:00pm.


Call Hamburger Mary’s at (727) 851-9386 to reserve seats.  The last Drag Queen Bingo for the breakfast was a sellout, so please call ASAP.   


Call us at (727) 894-2832 if you have any questions.  See you Wednesday, January 17, and thanks from everyone at the Loaves and Fishes

Contact: Reggie Craig



David Roth Concert

David Roth in Concert on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at UUSP
Time:  7:30 pm, doors open at 7p

$15 suggested donation but no one will be turned away! 

David returns near the one-year anniversary of his participation in the 2017 Women’s March in St Petersburg. 

Poignant to improbable, holistic to hilarious, the Chicago native (now living on Cape Cod) once again adds St Pete to his ongoing world tour. 

His music of social justice, peace, compassion, and inclusivity fly in the face of racism, discrimination, and disconnection, and his songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, NASA’s Space Shuttle “Atlantis”, Peter, Paul, & Mary and Kingston Trio CDs, (and 13 of his own), 4 Positive Music Awards, the “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again” (sequel) songbooks, and countless venues in this and other countries (and now other WORLDS) for two and a half decades. www.davidrothmusic.com

Join us for a night to remember... 


Tickets are available January 7 or contact Laurie Clement for more information.

Contact: Laurie Clement



American DREAMers: Meet Them & Learn How to Make THEIR Dreams Come True

1.9 million young adults and millennials were brought to the U.S. as children and have known life only in the U.S. 790,000 of them are temporarily protected by DACA. They all face deportation -- unless Congress enacts the DREAM Act. Come learn more about who the DREAMers are, why their status is in jeopardy, and what you can do to help them.


When   Wednesday, January 24, 2018 6:30pm – 8pm Eastern Time
Where   Empath Partners in Care, 3050 1st Ave. S, St. Petersburg (map)

Free and Open to the Public. Presented by the League of Women Voters' Immigration Action Group 

Contact: Karen Coale



Sunday Flowers

Please consider signing up to bring flowers to brighten our services during the New Year, 2018.  Select a Sunday during the year when you wish to be responsible for flowers in honor or memory of someone special in your life or in celebration of a special event.  Look for the Sunday Flowers table in Gilmore Hall after service today to sign up for your Sunday(s) or contact Gay Breuler or Jim Fitzgerald for more information.  Thank you for beautiful flowers!  The more flowers we have, the more beautiful they are!


If you have any questions, please contact Jim Fitzgerald or Gay Breuler.  Thank you!


Contact: Gay Breuler



Want To Make A Difference You Can See in 2018?

Check out the ​Buildings & Grounds Committee!  

Next Meeting: Tuesday - January 16,  5:30pm - 7pm - Church Office


Whether you don’t know which end of a screwdriver to use or you can build a home from scratch, B&G is looking for YOU!  We have various projects you can enjoy like (1) helping to find and coordinate the best contractors or (2) getting your hands dirty outside on the grounds, or handyman jobs – light painting, electrical, carpentry, etc.  (Yes, that should probably be “handyperson” but we can only carry PC so far.)


Stop by and find out what we do!  Request copies of our Minutes be emailed to you.  Join in and brag to your friends about things like a new bookshelf you helped install (provided it stays up, of course …).  Anyway, come on by and find out more!  Fame, glory, fun and more can be yours!

For more info, please email us at uustpete.bg@gmail.com.

Contact: Howard Taylor



Inquiring Minds, Hearts and Spirits

As Pastor Jack says, “If you think we’d be good for you, or you’d be good for us” please join us at Inquiring Minds, Hearts and Spirits, Parts I and II, and learn about being a Unitarian Universalist at UUSP.


Classes will begin right after Sunday service in Conway Hall from 11:45am – 1:00pm on February 11 (Part I) and 18 (Part II).


Contact Patti Hanks at pthanks1@gmail.com or sign up at the Welcome Table during coffee hour.

Contact: Patti Hanks



Chiapas: The Indigenous Wealth of Mexico

The Center for Global Justice is planning an adventure to Chiapas from February 19 to February 26, 2018. A group of no more than 10 people will experience the blend of indigenous culture, crafts, European history and local social economies that entwine in this southern Mexico state. It’s an outstanding, educational trip.

UUSP members Paul Burnore and Tim Flaherty went to Chiapas last March with the Center for Global Justice and found the trip to be enriching, colorful, and well worth it. You may contact Paul or Tim to find out more.

Cost per person:
DOUBLE - $1100
SINGLE - $1300


Contact: Paul Burnore